Cover Crop Legumes That Are Great Forage

I asked Jonathan to share this study with us for three reasons. First, it's always nice to know that there's another forage option to kick off the grazing season early. Second, researchers run up against a lot of the same weather and timing problems that farmers and ranchers do, and just like you, they end up making adjustments. So, though things don't always go as planned, there's always something helpful to be learned. Finally, the videos do a great job of showing growing points and how low growing points mean that plants can recover after being grazed. It's information you might be able to use when evaluating your own forages. Enjoy! Original Plan Early in 2018, Smith Seed Services began discussing a shared research project with the folks at Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, SC. Our plan was to plant legumes, mixtures, and annual ryegrasses to gauge their forage and cover crop potential. We hoped to look at survivability, forage quality, total biomass and more. Some of the plantings would be clipped to learn about regrowth and grazing/hay potential. Other plantings would be managed as a cover crop followed by a corn planting so that we could measure the nitrogen contribution of the cover crop plants.  We had plans drawn up that included plantings of existing genetics, as well as some that were so “experimental” that only handfuls of seed even existed. It was going to be a really exciting trial. Rain Changed the Plan As

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  1. My pastures filled with hairy vetch this Spring and the cattle took to it very well. But, I later read that hairy vetch has toxicity issues for grazing livestock My vet said he’d never heard of any problems.

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